How to stop syncing phone notifications to your Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 Mobile and Android phones can now send notifications to your Windows 10 PC, if you don't want these alerts, use this guide to disable the feature.

Windows 10 Mobile phone and Windows 10 PC

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update packs a lot of new improvements and features, including new changes on notifications. Thanks to new improvements in Cortana, Microsoft is also enabling Windows 10 Mobile and Android phones, to sync notifications to your Windows 10 PC.

Through the new improvements in Cortana, on your Windows 10 Mobile or Android handset, you can get notifications from missed calls, low battery alerts, and notifications to find a missing phone.

While sending notifications from your phone to your PC can be convenient in many cases, they can also be intrusive and can clutter Action Center on your Windows 10 PC. Fortunately, Cortana also includes the ability to control which notifications you receive on your computer from phone or disable them all.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to choose which phone notifications you want to receive on your PC, or if they are too intrusive, you’ll also see how to disable all notifications that your phone can send to your other devices on Windows 10 Mobile and Android phones.

How to stop sync notifications on Windows 10 Mobile

  1. On your Windows 10 Mobile phone, open Cortana.

  2. Tap the hamburger button to open the menu.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Scroll down, and under “Send notifications between devices”, tap the Edit sync settings button.

  5. Turn off the type of notifications you don’t want to receive on your PC, including Find a missing phone, Low battery warnings, or Missed calls.

    Send notifications between devices option on WIndows 10 Mobile

If you prefer to disable all notifications, simply turn off the Send notifications between devices option.

How to stop sync notifications on Android

  1. On your Android phone, open Cortana.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Sync notifications.

  4. Disable the notifications you don’t want to receive on your PC, including Missed call notifications, Incoming message notifications, Low battery notifications. (You can also choose which Android apps can send notifications to your PC.)

    Cortana on Android Sync notification options

  5. If you don’t want to receive any phone notifications, simply turn off all the options.

After you go through the steps mentioned above, notifications from your Windows 10 Mobile or Android phone will stop flowing to your PC.

If you don’t see the settings to disable the send notifications feature, you’re probably not running the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile or you don’t have the Cortana app version 1.7 or later installed on your Android phone.

Do you prefer getting phone notifications on your Windows 10 PC or are you disabling them? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].